RuPaul's Drag Race fans are counting down the days until the U.S. series finally sashays over to Blighty, and Mother Ru will be introducing her first-ever UK queens to the world very soon indeed. So as we await the debut of Drag Race UK, now seems like the perfect time to delve into the show's dynamic herstory, and familiarise ourselves with some of the most classic seasons ever. Rather conveniently, all eleven seasons of the U.S. drag competition are available to stream on Netflix UK, and here are the best seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race to watch before the UK version, because I can't think of a better way to prepare for the new series.
After more than a decade on the air, the original U.S. format has welcomed some of the biggest names from the world of drag, and as the popularity of Drag Race began to rise, the series cemented itself as a pop culture phenomenon. Drag superstars such as Sharon Needles, Bianca Del Rio, and the most recent champion, Yvie Oddly, were all thrust onto the world stage following their stints on the show — and the stars of RuPaul's Drag Race UK are probably hoping to mirror the success of their U.S. counterparts, who over the years have produced some iconic moments in the famous Werk Room. So, if you're hoping to get a taste of what the U.S. series is all about, or simply want to revisit the show's best moments, I've selected five of the greatest Drag Race seasons ever — which I believe epitomise the brilliance of this groundbreaking reality-competition show.